“Anything Can Happen in Boxing”- Frank Warren Pitches Anthony Joshua vs Joe Joyce

Published 07/20/2021, 9:30 AM EDT


Two of the most entertaining Brit heavyweights, Anthony Joshua and Joe Joyce, are nowhere near each other’s fighting radar. They have their respective positions in the current roster with scheduled opponents onboard. However, that doesn’t rule out a possible scrap between them in the future.

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While AJ already has three world titles to tout, Joe Joyce is leaping to receive his shot at the gold. That said, Joshua will defend his WBA, WBO and IBF belts against Oleksandr Usyk in September and Joyce will face Carlos Takam on July 24. Looking at both the fights, Frank Warren has shed light on the possible matchup between Joyce and Joshua.

In a chat with IFL TV, Warren said, “I’ll be very surprised if it happens, but you never know do you? Anything can happen in boxing. You have seen fights in Saudi Arabia. It can happen anywhere. The money is there then maybe. But let’s hope that ‘AJ’ comes through and let’s hope Joe [Joyce] comes through and we may see that happen.”

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12-0 as a pro, Joe Joyce has 11 KOs under his name with a knockout ratio of 91.67%. But he is yet to enter the top-tier slot and only a world title win can fetch him the status. So, Anthony Joshua can be the perfect opponent for ‘Juggernaut’. Both Joshua and Joyce are hard-hitters and it further entices the matchup between them.

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However, ‘AJ’ may target a unification fight to compete for all four titles after possibly beating Usyk in September. He was already aligned to face WBC titlist Tyson Fury in August and can hunt down the fight once again in the future.

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On beating Usyk, ‘AJ’ will have all the reasons to play the chords of the ongoing heavyweight title ride. From going for the unification fight to several title defenses, he will have a long list of opponents awaiting. So, Anthony Joshua can settle his upcoming bouts with sufficient time on his corner. Although he has shown no interest in Joyce by now, it’s a fight that can allure Joshua to strep up.

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DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, he seems to be aiming for the WBC title next. As Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will battle for the WBC strap in October, the winner of that fight can go against the winner of Usyk vs Joshua. Thus, the heavyweight picture looks interesting at this point.

Do you think Anthony Joshua vs Joe Joyce will happen?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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